Monthly Archives: September 2016

Kings Park in September

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The Kings Park Festival ends on 30 September, but of course there are still plenty of wildflowers to be seen beside the walking trails through the park’s bushland. In the past few weeks we have seen lots of Donkey Orchids (above) and a few Spider Orchids (below), plus both Cowslip Orchids and Pink Fairy Orchids.

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The Grasstrees are just coming into flower, with their long spear-like flower head.

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There are heaps of milky white Milkmaids.

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Plus patches of Morning Iris scattered through the undergrowth.

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And the amusingly named Prince-of-Wales Feather is so common that you might mistake it for a weed (which it isn’t).

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Bold Park in September

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There are plenty of spectacular spring wildflowers in Bold Park at present. The Donkey Orchids (above) are having the best year that we can remember, and the Pink Fairy Orchids are looking good too.

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If you look carefully, you will find Granny Bonnets hiding in the undergrowth.

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Geraldton Wax, with its pink waxy flowers, is in full bloom.

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Yellow Tailflower is covered in masses of striking flowers.

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The delicate Diplopeltis huegelii below (sorry, it doesn’t have a common name as far as we know) is looking very pretty in pink. And there are heaps more. You can find all these flowers along the Zamia Trail walk.

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Lesmurdie Falls in September

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We went for a hike at Lesmurdie Falls Mundy Regional Park in the Perth Hills a few days back. The wildflowers are in spectacular bloom at present.

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There were masses of Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa, above) growing beside the walking trails on the north side of the falls and creek.

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Couch Honeypot (Banksia dallanneyi), an odd prostrate Banksia, was in flower in a few places.

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There were a number of carnivorous Drosera species, including the pretty Pink Rainbow (Drosera menziesii) above. The insect on the flower isn’t in danger of being eaten – the leaves shown below are the part of the plant that traps insects.

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And we also spotted Diplopeltis huegelii (no common name that we know of) growing in some places. You can also see plenty of this plant flowering in Perth’s Bold Park at present.

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Kings Park Festival

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The annual Kings Park Festival starts today and runs through to the end of September. We went along for a sneak preview yesterday afternoon. There are certainly lots of flowers in full bloom in the botanic garden section of the park.

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The ever popular Everlastings (above) and Geraldton Wax (below) gardens are looking pretty in pink.

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There are some amazing blooms in the Grevillea and Hakea Garden, including this Pouched Grevillea (Grevillea saccata) which was positively glowing in the late afternoon sun.

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And the iconic Floral Clock was telling the time very colourfully.

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